Lawmakers about to pass path to legal residency and citizenship for residents without status

In the US congress today, it was announced that there has been a deal between lawmakers for a new immigration reform bill. the details have not been released as of yet, but it appears that the preliminary reports show that:

1. There is a path to legal permanent resident status and eventually citizenship.
2. The law will affect those persons who can show that they were present in the US prior to 2012.
3. A fee will be assessed as a penalty, and there will be a lengthy application form requiring a significant amount of evidence proving that the immigrant is in compliance with the law in all other aspects, including not being convicted of any major crimes.
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News on new Immigration Policies for California

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) made abrupt and sweeping changes to how the agency will schedule interviews for affirmative asylum applications. Rather than interviewing those who have been waiting months or years for their interview, asylum offices will now prioritize brand new filings ahead of all others waiting in the queue. While scheduling asylum […]

The post USCIS Changes to Asylum Interview Scheduling Allows Long-Pending Cases to Languish appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: February 23, 2018, 5:02 pm

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an important humanitarian protection for people who are in the United States when certain natural disasters or civil conflict strike their home countries, making it unsafe for them to return. Despite the fact that conditions in many of these countries have not improved since their nationals received TPS, the Trump […]

The post Lawsuit Asks Government to Stop Blocking Temporary Protected Status Holders from Applying for Green Cards appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: February 22, 2018, 7:28 pm

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) claims that a significant expansion of immigration detention is required to meet “operational needs” in light of the agency’s shifting policies and ramped up immigration enforcement under the Trump administration. However, a new report released in January from immigrants’ rights organizations Detention Watch Network (DWN) and the National Immigrant Justice […]

The post Need for Greater Oversight in Immigration Detention, Says Report appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: February 21, 2018, 10:54 pm

In a rare move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently referred an immigration case to himself, utilizing a regulation that gives attorney generals the power to reconsider cases previously decided by the Board of Immigration Appeals. But Sessions’ hostile anti-immigrant public statements, made over the course of his entire career, make him unfit to rule in […]

The post Brief Argues Attorney General Lacks Impartiality Necessary to Decide Immigration Cases appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: February 20, 2018, 6:44 pm

The United States Senate had a golden opportunity this week to legislate a permanent solution for Dreamers—however a week that began full of hope ended as a dud, with no bill passing and the president’s immigration proposal receiving a strong rebuke from Democrats and Republicans alike. The week began with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) […]

The post The Senate Fails to Find a Way Forward for Dreamers appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: February 16, 2018, 8:50 pm

The scapegoating of immigrants for crime in the United States was on full display at a February 15 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing was devoted to exploring the ways in which “sanctuary” jurisdictions allegedly impede law-enforcement efforts to control the opioid epidemic. That argument is a bit of a stretch, to say […]

The post Lawmakers Are Blaming Undocumented Immigrants for the Opioid Epidemic appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: February 15, 2018, 10:13 pm

The U.S. Senate failed again to provide a permanent solution for Dreamers on Thursday when it rejected multiple bipartisan bills. The Senate voted on three different proposals that would have provided a permanent solution for Dreamers. One proposal was an attempt to pass the White House immigration framework, which only secured 39 votes. While it […]

The post The Senate Misses a Key Opportunity to Pass a Permanent Solution for Dreamers appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: February 15, 2018, 9:13 pm

From their meme-worthy Opening Ceremony gloves to some stunning wins on the halfpipe, Team USA has started the 2018 Winter Olympics off with a bang. Early victories in the Pyeongchang, South Korea games would not be possible without this entire group of 242 talented Americans—including the multiple athletes that have benefited from the United States’ […]

The post Immigrants Bring Home the Gold for the U.S. Olympics Team appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: February 14, 2018, 11:19 pm

President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which doubles down on his aggressive immigration enforcement agenda. The proposed budget seeks to fund the border wall, as well as increase funding for immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. Much of it mirrors the yet-to-be-passed FY 2018 funding request, which has […]

The post Trump’s Budget Proposal Would Increase Harsh Immigration Enforcement appeared first on Immigration Impact.

Posted: February 13, 2018, 9:00 pm

The Millennial Generation constitutes the most racially and ethnically diverse generation America has ever known. Millennials are the largest living generation by population size (79.8 million in 2016) and are the generation with the largest number of individuals who identify as multiracial. A recent study on millennial attitudes around immigration reveals interesting and sometimes contradictory […]

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Posted: February 12, 2018, 7:32 pm
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5 rumors about the 2013 immigration act: questions, answers, and the real program explained

There has been a lot of speculation and anticipation about the new Obama Immigration law for 2013.  Here are some myths, facts and general information.  Note: the law has not become final as of the date of this article, 02/21/2013.


1. RUMOR: The immigration act would allow illegal immigrants to get legal green cards.  TRUTH:  The memo leaked to USA today in February provided for a new class of visa that could make current illegal residents legal, with a four year expiration. An extension for another four years would be available, and after that, an opportunity to apply for a green card would be available. Immigration Lawyer Office

2. RUMOR: Illegal immigrants would have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to apply for the 2013 Obama Immigration program.  TRUTH: To apply for the program as described in the leaked document, Illegal immigrants would have to pay back taxes on earnings. However, many illegal residents already pay income and payroll taxes for both California and Federal Tax.

3. RUMOR: The new immigration reform is just a deportation program designed to get the names of illegal immigrants. TRUTH: The 2012 Obama Deferment Program for juveniles promised that the USCIS and Department of Homeland Security would not use the information that was collected about the applicant’s family to initiate deportation proceedings.  To this Lawyer’s knowledge, the DHS and USCIS has made good on this promise, so there is no reason to think that they would not do the same for any new Immigration program.

4. RUMOR: If an illegal immigrant has been arrested, if they apply for the new Immigration program, they will be denied and deported.  TRUTH:  There will assuredly be requirements in any new reform law that will disqualify illegal immigrants if they have been arrested multiple times or for serious offenses. It will be VERY IMPORTANT for anyone sebastopol-larkfieldwikiup-attorney.jpgconsidering applying for any immigration program who has ever been arrested to consult with an immigration attorney to discuss their particular situation.

5. RUMOR: Once an illegal resident is approved for the 2013 program, they can bring their whole family to the US from their home country.  TRUTH: There is a provision allowing for some sort of pathway to bring one’s family here, according to the leaked memo. However, since the law has not been finalized as of today, we simply do not know how this would work  Stay tuned.

-Sean Ramsey, Immigration Attorney in Sebastopol, CA.

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